Wrightwood Snowfall Totals & Snowstorm Averages

This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Wrightwood, California has snow.

There are data and descriptions of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Wrightwood usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the resort town normally has heavy snowstorms. Plus there's information on when Wrightwood can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered from 1997 to 2010 at Wrightwood, near Mountain High Resort in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California.

How Often it Snows in Wrightwood

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Wrightwood
Days   Inches Centi­metres
3.0 January 10.8 27.4
5.4 February 26.6 67.6
2.6 March 6.7 17.0
2.7 April 7.2 18.3
0.3 May 1.6 4.1
0.2 October 0.5 1.3
1.0 November 3.6 9.1
2.4 December 5.3 13.5
17.6 Year 62.3 158.2

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Wrightwood varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 7.6 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 0.7 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 12 inches, while the lightest years get less than 1.2 inches.

New snow for February ranges from over 44.3 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 11 inches in light years.

When Wrightwood Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Wrightwood can arrive as early as October or as late as December. Most commonly, the snow starts flying in November. But once every four years or so, November sees no snow.

The season's last snowfall for the ski town typically falls in April. Occasionally May also gets a little snow.

Wrightwood is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Wrightwood Gets

Most days of snowfall in Wrightwood leave at least an inch of fresh snow. For seven days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur four times a year. Typically one or two of these storms are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more. Snow events this severe can descend on the ski resort anytime from November to May.

Number of days per month and year on average in Wrightwood with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
2.2 1.5 January 0.8 0.4
4.4 2.6 February 1.5 0.6
1.8 0.8 March 0.5 0.1
1.8 1.2 April 0.5 0.0
0.2 0.2 May 0.1 0.1
0.1 0.1 October 0.1 0.0
0.6 0.2 November 0.1 0.1
1.7 0.7 December 0.5 0.2
12.8 7.3 Year 4.1 1.5

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals. (Data Access. FTP.)

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